Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day. What better way to celebrate than with a classic hot fudge sundae and classic books! Soft serve ice cream is softer and less dense than regular ice creams as a result of air being introduced during the freezing process. It has been sold since the late 1930’s in the US. Soft serve ice cream is common at fairs, carnivals amusement parks, restaurants, and specialty shops.
On Memorial Day weekend in 1934, Tom Carvel, founder of the Carvel brand and franchise, suffered a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, NY. He pulled into a parking lot and began selling his melting ice cream to passers by. Within two days he had sold his entire supply of ice cream and concluded that both a fixed location and soft (as opposed to hard) frozen desserts were good business ideas. Carvel opened his first store in 1936, on the original site where his truck broke down. Dairy Queen also claims to have invented soft serve. In August 1938, near Moline Illinois, J. F. McCullough and son Alex developed their soft serve formula.
It doesn’t matter who developed it, it is a classic American treat on these hot summer days. What is your favorite soft serve treat? Please share your picture @litfare and #lifewithlitfare
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